There are few locations in Vegas as recognizable as the Neon Museum. Often referred to as the Boneyard, the Neon Museum is one of Vegas’ most iconic locations. And for good reason too. It houses some of the city’s most precious history, all in the form of neon signs. Seriously, when you think of the glitz and glam of Vegas, this is the place you want to see.
It makes sense then, that the Neon Museum is one of the most requested locations from my couples. And with that being said, before you get your little heart sold too much on the idea of having your intimate elopement ceremony and/or wedding photos taken at the Boneyard, there are a few things you should know.
It Isn’t Cheap
In order to have your wedding photos done at the Neon Museum, you should know, it is actually one of the most expensive venues for photos in Vegas. And while it isn’t on par with, say, renting an entire wedding venue for the day (hello thousands of dollars), the starting cost of a photo shoot at the Neon Museum begins at $200 for a 15-minute session.
There Are Three Different ‘Galleries’
The Boneyard is made up of two separate galleries that house all of the awesome vintage neon signs. The Main Collection, or gallery, has been around longer and is the largest, and houses some really iconic signs like the ‘Stardust’ sign. This gallery is really popular because it is currently the only gallery that has electricity running directly to the signs, so if you’re lucky enough to book a Twilight photo session, all those gorgeous neons are lit up. You can only rent the Main Collection for a minimum of 30 minutes.
The second gallery, known as the North Gallery, is a newer addition to the Neon Museum and is quite a bit smaller than the Main Gallery but still packs a big punch. It houses the awesome ‘Lady Luck’ sign which is a popular location to stand in front of and say ‘I do’ to your favorite person. The North Gallery has accent lighting that adds a ton of vibrance at dusk. The signs themselves don’t light up, but the museum has done a great job adding landscape lighting utilizing neon colors to highlight their collection. The North Gallery can be rented for 15 minutes ($200), 30 minutes ($400), or 1 hour ($800), and though that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of time, it’s actually plenty as the space is quite a bit smaller, but has a ton of variety! Another benefit of the North Gallery is that it does not have stanchions. The Main Collection uses stanchions to help protect the signage, whereas the North Gallery uses a small rock wall. The rock wall tends to be much less intrusive in photos.
There is a third iconic space of the Neon Museum, and it’s the lobby. It’s situated in the former La Concha Motel Lobby, which in itself is iconic, and its unique architecture makes for some really cool photos as well.
You Get The Place All To Yourselves
When you do decide to commit to having the Neon Museum be the place for your elopement or wedding photos, you get the whole place to yourself for a private photoshoot. This may be one of the reasons why the rental fee is so high because they do not allow tour groups to go through the gallery while your photos or ceremony are happening. I’m not gonna lie, it’s always an awesome feeling being able to explore the galleries and get some awesome photos, knowing we are the only ones in there!
You Can’t Touch The Signs
Be prepared for a whole lotta photos in front of, and near the signs. Because none of the signs are secured to the ground or surrounding structures in any way, the risk of one of those giant neon signs falling on your or a guest is real. It’s no surprise, then, that the Neon Museum does not allow anyone to touch or lean against any of their signs. There’s a small rock wall (we’re talking really small, maybe a foot off the ground) separating you from the signs in the North Gallery, and a small stanchion in the Main Gallery. You have to stay on your side of that little wall at all times.
It’s Super Close to Downtown Las Vegas and the Arts District
If you’re really wanting photos at the Neon Museum, but only want to pay the $200 fee for 15 minutes and don’t think that’ll be enough time and would like a bit more variety in your wedding photos, no fear! The Neon Museum is just a quick 5-minute drive to downtown Vegas and the Arts District, so you can get a TON of variety in a short amount of time!
You definitely won’t be disappointed if you choose to have your photos at the Neon Museum. Be sure to check with staff for updated information, and to book your session well in advance to ensure a smooth wedding day!
*Pricing has been updated for 2023.